Biography

Professor Thomas Otte teaches Diplomatic, International and Military History.

He is the author or editor of some fifteen books, including, most recently, the award-winning July Crisis: How the World Descended into War, Summer 1914 (CUP, 2014); he has also has published numerous essays in edited collections and articles in leading journals, including the English Historical Review, Historical Journal, and History.

Prof. Otte has been an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He is a trustee of the Foreign Office Historical Collection, and is a member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG) (www.bihg.ac.uk).

 

All Publications

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Otte, T. G.

(2017)

“A Kind of Black Hole”?: Commercial Diplomacy Before 1914,

in The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century.

Springer

pp. 25-68

ISBN 978-1-137-46580-1

Full Text

(Other chapter contribution)

(Published)


Otte, T.

(2016)

Postponing the Evil Day: Sir Edward Grey and British Foreign Policy,

in International History Review

38

(2)

pp. 250-263

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(Article)

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Otte, T.

(2016)

‘“Intimately dependent on foreign policy”: Joseph Chamberlain and Foreign Policy’,

in Joseph Chamberlain : Imperial Standard Bearer, National Leader, Local Icon .

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 17-47

ISBN 978-1-137-52884-1

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Otte, T.

(2015)

War, Revolution, and the Uncertain Primacy of Domestic Politics,

in The Next Great War? : The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict .

The MIT Press

pp. 103-126

ISBN 9780262028998

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Geppert, D. (ed.), Mulligan, W. (ed.), Rose, A. (ed.), Otte, T.

(2015)

Entente Diplomacy v. Détente, 1911-1914,

in The Wars before the Great War : Conflict and International Politics before the Outbreak of the First World War.

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

pp. 264-282

ISBN 9781107478145

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Black, J. (ed.), Otte, T.

(2015)

We are part of the community of Europe”: The Tories, Empire and Foreign Policy, 1874-1914,

in The Tory World : Deep History and the Tory Theme in British Foreign Policy, 1679-2014.

Ashgate

pp. 203-227

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Otte, T.

(2015)

‘Lord Salisbury and the Art of Leadership’,

in British Conservative Leaders .

Biteback

pp. 111-132

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Otte, T.

(2015)

The long shadow of the war: Sir Edward Grey and Liberal Foreign Policy before 1914,

UEA Repository

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Otte, T.

(2014)

July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914,

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9781107064904, 9781107695276

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Otte, T.

(2014)

"Not getting his meals in the kitchen": Lord Acton's Quest for Public Office, 1892-1894,

in History

99

(334)

pp. 19-39

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Otte, T.

(2014)

The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making,

in A “Formidable Factor in European Politics”: Views of Russia in 1914.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 87-114

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Otte, T. (ed.)

(2014)

An Historian in Peace and War: The Diaries of Harold Temperley, 1900-1939,

Ashgate

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Otte, T., Cortazzi, S. H. (ed.)

(2014)

Sir Francis Bertie and Japan,

in Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits vol. ix .

Global Oriental

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Otte, T.

(2013)

Introduction,

in By-elections in Victorian and Edwardian Politics, 1832-1914.

Boydell & Brewer

pp. 1-21

ISBN 978-1843837800

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Otte, T. G.

(2013)

'The Swing of the Pendulum at Home': By-elections and Foreign Policy, 1865-1914,

in By-elections in British Politics, 1832-1914.

Boydell & Brewer

pp. 121-150

ISBN 9781843837800

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Otte, T.

(2013)

Détente 1914: Sir William Tyrrell's Secret Mission to Germany,

in The Historical Journal

56

(01)

pp. 175-204

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Otte, T.

(2013)

From "Can-Can Diabolique" to "Sitzkrieg": The International China Expeditionary Force, 1900-1,

in Journal of Military History

7

(4)

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Otte, T. (ed.), Readman, P. (ed.)

(2013)

By-elections in Victorian and Edwardian Politics, 1832-1914,

Boydell & Brewer

ISBN 978-1843837800

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Otte, T.

(2013)

Lord Salisbury and Japan,

in Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits.

Global Oriental

ISBN 978-90-04-24602-7

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Otte, T.

(2013)

"Outcast from History": The Fischer Controversy and British Historiography,

in Journal of Contemporary History

48

(2)

pp. 376-396

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Key Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the history of Great Power relations from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Trustee of the Foreign Office Historical Collection.
  • Fellow of the International History Institute, Boston University, USA.
  • Member of the national executive committee of the British International History Group (BIHG)